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Archive for December, 2013

Why my daughter’s assembly at her special needs school made me cry, A Christmas post

Evie merry

Why my daughter’s assembly at her special needs school made me cry The scene: Evangeline’s holiday assembly at school. I’m late, breathless, with crumbled cookies in my purse to give to her teacher and aids. I forget my camera, and sigh at the fact that my phone takes cruddy pictures. The gymnasium is small, and the space for parents is even smaller. I cram into a spot on the bleachers and wait with everyone else. The children start to enter. They are wheeled in, walked…

Creativity is Sanity, a guest post from author Claire Burge

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  (Everyone, please welcome fellow T. S. Poetry Press author Claire Burge. So great to have you, Claire!) Creativity is Sanity Dust is so at home in my grandmother’s kitchen that if I stand with my head titled so that I can see the light gleaming across the kitchen counters, I see not only the light but the soft sheen, the fluff of accumulation. This is Africa after all. As a dedicated and somewhat bored granddaughter I don the kitchen gloves and fill a bucket…

My Big News… A Book Deal about Depression

Signing my contract with InterVarsity Press

My Big News… A Book Deal about Depression I’m thrilled to share my news! Last week I signed a contract with InterVarsity Press to write a memoir on depression and faith, and how the two coexist in my life. This book has been rummaging around in my head for a few years. I’ve written snippets and scenes here and there. Once Sun Shine Down published, I knew this was the next project I wanted to take on. Why does a person want to write about…

I’m not crafty but I make Christmas ornaments… and books

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  I’m not crafty but I make Christmas ornaments… and books. The stockings are hung… The tree is up… The gifts are shipped. The wrapping paper is purchased to wrap the presents. And my Sun Shine Down Holiday Gift Sets are out the door. I made the Christmas ornaments here at home to go along with the book. The dough was easy: 1 cup salt, 2 cups flour, 1 cup water (or a little more if needed to for the dough to stick together). Spread…

5 tips to help children with special needs feel comfortable at your holiday party

5 tips to help children with special needs feel comfortable at your holiday party (Here’s a post from last year about this crazy season. Hope it helps! -gillian) The holiday season typically means people get more of everything; more food, more gift giving, more parties and visits. For families who have children with special needs, the holidays usually mean more challenges and less inclusion. New places with a large amount of people can be overwhelming for a child with special needs. Sometimes parents do not accept…